You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 25th of January. Please note that, exceptionally, this meeting will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1:30-2:30pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.
Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Stephan Guttinger, from the University of Exeter. We will be discussing the attached paper ‘Towards a process ontology for macromolecular biology ‘. The author kindly provided us with some information about the paper, and how we might help:
“The text is a draft of what should (hopefully) become a chapter in the book on process philosophy that Dan and John are editing. The paper explores how the macromolecular level in biology, with its focus on distinct and well-defined objects such as proteins or DNA molecules, relates to the project of developing a general process ontology for biology. Is the macromolecular level a stumbling block for the process philosopher and if so how could it be dealt with? My aim is to show that process philosophers don’t have an ‘enemy’ in macromolecules but a friend. The paper also touches on methodology, i.e. on the question of how to use examples from the biological sciences when thinking about ontology.
I do not have specific aspects on which I would like feedback, I am just generally interested in hearing about how the paper could be improved. If I had to point out two issues it would probably be A) Is my reading/interpretation/use of the different case studies convincing? And B) How could the conclusion (which I think is one of the weakest parts of the paper) be strengthened?”
Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.